“Saved Pay”: Get a demotion, but keep your higher salary

April 22nd, 2012 by investigates Categories: Featured, Reports, Updates No Responses

by Todd Shepherd
It’s natural to assume when a state employee gets a promotion, there’s a raise that goes along with it; greater responsibilities usually correspond with greater rewards. However, when a state employee is demoted or moved to a job with less responsibilities, a statutory rule also allows the worker to keep their previous [...]

Databases show sex offenders registered at state-subsidized child care facilities

February 4th, 2011 by investigates Categories: Featured, Reports, Updates No Responses

Convicted sex offenders are registering addresses with the state, which, in some cases, are identical to locations for state-subsidized child care providers, database research by Independence Investigates shows.  Whether the offender is actually under the same roof as a child-care facility has not been determined as of this publication because Independence Investigates perceived the potential for [...]

Documents reveal potential widespread fraud at Department of Labor

August 5th, 2010 by investigates Categories: Featured, Reports, Updates 31 Responses
Documents reveal potential widespread fraud at Department of Labor

by Todd Shepherd
“Independence Investigates” has obtained internal emails from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) showing that a software control intended to prevent the payment of unemployment insurance to unqualified citizens as well as to illegal aliens was shut off in early 2009.

The emails dictate that former CDLE unemployment insurance director Mike Cullen [...]

Complaints Continue to Bubble Up Against Department of Revenue

May 4th, 2010 by investigates Categories: Featured, Reports No Responses
Complaints Continue to Bubble Up Against Department of Revenue

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
by Todd Shepherd
April 15 may be long gone, but many Colorado CPAs and taxpayers are still feeling the tax man’s bite, thanks in part to a new software system installed at the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR).
Bruce Nelson, a former DOR employee and a CPA with the accounting firm Ehrhardt, Keefe, Steiner, [...]

Governor Deactivates State-Issued Cell Phone

April 21st, 2010 by investigates Categories: Featured, Reports No Responses
Governor Deactivates State-Issued Cell Phone

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
by Todd Shepherd
In the middle of a phone-records battle with the Denver Post in 2008, Governor Ritter deactivated his state-issued cell phone, thereby choosing to make all of his mobile communications from a privately paid-for cell phone. [...]

Audit Shows Child Care Program Open to Fraud

March 4th, 2010 by investigates Categories: Featured, Reports One Response
Audit Shows Child Care Program Open to Fraud

Denver Human Services has no supporting documentation for $2.8 million expense
Thursday, March 4th, 2010
by Todd Shepherd
A new audit shows a child care program subsidized with state and federal dollars is plainly open to fraud and abuse. The report from the office of the state auditor provides examples of how both the child care providers, [...]

Homeland Security Loses Over 1,000 Computers in One Fiscal Year

February 24th, 2010 by investigates Categories: Featured, Reports No Responses
Homeland Security Loses Over 1,000 Computers in One Fiscal Year

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
by Todd Shepherd
New documents reveal that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to lose hundreds of computers per year. At least one DHS component agency maintains that the losses fall within accepted accounting standards.
In fiscal year 2008, inventories of lost, stolen, and damaged equipment show that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [...]

Government Doesn’t Just Levy Fees, it Taxes Them Too

January 20th, 2010 by investigates Categories: Featured, Reports No Responses
Government Doesn’t Just Levy Fees, it Taxes Them Too

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